Marvel Movies Versus Martin Scorsese and Meg Ryan: Rebelling Against God’s Story

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Making waves around Hollywood, filmmaking icon Martin Scorsese trained his sites on Marvel movies, specifically those included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon. Dismissing them as “not cinema” during an interview while at the BFI London Film Festival, the famed director of films like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas has earned the right to be heard, whether one agrees with him or not. And he’s apparently not exhausted his opinion on the matter, saying that movie theaters are now “amusement parks” during BAFTA’s David Lean Lecture on October 13. At a press conference the following day, the director of Netflix’s The Irishman insisted that, “We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films.”

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Unwittingly Promotes the Bible’s Sexual Ethic


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by John Ellis

I recently watched Bohemian Rhapsody over the course of two evenings. Not so much for myself, although I was mildly intrigued when the movie was first released. I watched it because my thirteen-year-old daughter who is really into music and considers herself a fan of Queen wants to watch it. Knowing a little about the movie and a lot about Freddie Mercury, I wanted to give it a parental viewing before saying “yay” or “nay.” Most likely, after having watched the movie, my answer will be “nay.” If she were a couple of years older, I would allow her to watch it in order to have a conversation with her. You see, for all its artistic and moral flaws, Bohemian Rhapsody unwittingly supports a Biblical sexual ethic. In doing so, it turns the gay lifestyle into the movie’s antagonist – the “bad guy.”

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Thou Shalt Not Pirate Movies Nor Music

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by John Ellis

My six-year old heathen heart knew two things: I wanted some candy and an entire wall of candy was spread out before me. So, I took some candy, opened it, and began satisfying the lust of my little, heathen heart.

Later, as we piled into the station wagon, my mom knew two things, too: I hadn’t entered the store with any candy and she hadn’t purchased any for me while we were in the store. So, she marched me back into the store, and under her flashing, stern eyes I admitted to the manager what I had done.

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Review – Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer


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by John Ellis

***This review contains spoilers***

“How do we know the skulls are empty?”

That gruesome question is asked by Assistant District Attorney Alexis McGuire, played by Sarah Jane Morris, as she stares at a row of dead babies. Whether or not the “skulls are empty” is a vital piece of evidence she needs to help build her case against Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor accused of murder, among a litany of other crimes. That question also represents the contrast between humanity (life) and evil (death) portrayed in Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.

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Netflix Does Not Care About Your Sanctification


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by John Ellis

A couple of days ago, a friend mentioned how he had watched (started to watch) a movie from his childhood with his kids. “I forgot what was in it,” he confessed. “It was terrible!”

That started a brief conversation about how the MPAA ratings system works and how in the mid-eighties Tipper Gore helped change the content in movies. This may seem counter-intuitive to many people, but the movies of the seventies and the early eighties were generally much filthier and contained more nudity and explicit sexuality than the movies released from the mid-eighties until recently.

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My Family’s Decision About Beauty and the Beast

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by John Ellis

I have learned that if you express your opinion/belief in writing, some will take it as if you’re dictating it as law for everyone else. Which is to be expected, I guess. Unfortunately expected, I should say.

Writers have to learn to say what they’re going to say and then be willing to let the chips fall where they may. Sometimes, writers do a poor job of communicating their ideas, and, hence, much of the blame for whatever poor responses ensue can be placed on their pen. Other times, readers will enter a piece with an agenda; the writer’s arguments are almost irrelevant to the readers’ thought processes and responses. Most of the time, though, writers need to be aware of the limitations of their chosen medium. It’s not possible to say everything, especially in online writing, and writers need to pick a thesis and pursue that thesis. That means, of course, that certain nuances may very well be left behind. Hopefully, the reader, especially if the reader has been following the writer, can fill in some of the gaps left by the lack of a specific nuance.

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